NATO to strengthen military presence in Afghanistan

Fifteen countries, NATO announced that it would send additional troops to Afghanistan. On Thursday, June 29, said the head of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, reports TOLO News.

“I can confirm that NATO is strengthening its military presence in Afghanistan,” he said. According to the Secretary General, this force will execute supporting tasks.

Stoltenberg added that he expects announcements about the support from other countries of the Alliance.

The military command of the Alliance has previously stated that for more effective training and advising Afghan security forces still need a few thousand troops.

On June 15 the President of the United States Donald trump allowed the Pentagon to determine exactly how many troops need to be sent to Afghanistan. The White house has decided to expand the powers of the defense Department a few days after the Minister of defence James Mattis announced that U.S. and Afghan security forces are losing the war to the Taliban.

Currently in Afghanistan there are 8.5 thousand of American soldiers and 4.5 thousand soldiers of NATO countries.